I'm a Fashion Editor, and These Are the Stylish Exercise Buys I Rate

Joy Montgomery
·4-min read

The world of activewear—or, as they said in the ye olden days, gym kit—hasn't always been a particularly stylish one, and why should it be? More so than most other categories of clothing, it exists to serve a practical purpose, and that is to get you from A to B, whether that's a 10k amble in the countryside or a bass-pumping, 45-minute HIIT workout. However, I can't deny that, as someone who thinks and writes about fashion for a living (read: likes pretty things), I have found that the influx of style-savvy workout wear over the last few years has acted as added motivation to get my bum off the sofa and out the front door.

This desire only increased during lockdown last year, when going for runs became one of the few activities to do on a blank Sunday afternoon. It confirmed that, in fact, I haven't been dressing for other people this whole time. Rather, putting on activewear that appeals to my aesthetic sensibility was, and still is, both a motivator and mood booster.

Alongside the many design-savvy styles now offered up by big-name sports brands such as Nike, Lululemon and Sweaty Betty, there are also plenty of high-street brands and lesser-known names getting in on the activewear action. Arket has been one such brand that has really combined form and function with its yoga line, which comes in the chicest colourways. There are also labels such as Vaara and The Upside that are specifically catering to a more fashion-savvy audience. I'm obsessed with the latter brand's ombre tracksuits, which will look just as good with a trench coat and boots as they will for a workout. Scroll down to see and shop my full activewear edit.

Shop My Activewear Edit

Arket Paper Nylon Anorak (£79)

I love Arket's clean-lined outwear.

Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 (£54)

I would happily wear this top with jeans.

Arket Seamless Yoga Bra (£19)

For those who crave neutrals over neon.

Arket Seamless Yoga Tights (£35)

A real workout classic.

Nimble Activewear Extend LS (£65)

The open-back detail is so chic.

Sweaty Betty Power High-Waisted 7/8 Gym Leggings (£75)

Gotta love a useful pocket to store your phone.

The Upside Alena Ombré Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt (£160)

The ombre effect makes this such a standout style.

Patagonia Training One Tight 2.0 in Black (£90)

Patagonia not only offers high performance, but it is also a sustainable brand.

Adidas x Stella McCartney Truestrength Perforated Stretch Recycled T-Shirt (£60)

Of course, Stella's gym tees are this cool.

Sweaty Betty Grace Crew Neck Sweatshirt (£85)

Well done, Sweaty Betty, on this stylish green sweatshirt.

Vaara Elsa Bi-Colour Sports Bra (£90)

Your workout kit's answer to this season's monochrome trend.

Lululemon Wunder Train Long-Line Bra (£58)

Combine this shade with powder blue.

Girlfriend Collective Compressive Stretch Leggings (£65)

This would make such a nice pairing with the above sports bra.

Nike Yoga Layered Indy Bra in Off White (£35)

ASOS has a really great selection of Nike workout pieces.

Lululemon On the Fly 7/8 Pant 27-Inch (£54)

I wear these all. the. time—not only for exercise but also for working-from-home days.

Nike Yoga Luxe Dri-FIT Tank (£40)

Sage green is everywhere right now, and I can certainly understand why.

GapFit Polar Fleece Jacket (£110)

The fleece trend will also cater to all your workout needs while the weather remains chilly.

Damson Madder Workout Leggings (£30)

Damson Madder is the lesser-known sustainable brand that happens to do the nicest gym set.

Hush Rhea Long Sleeve Open Back Top (£45)

So simple yet so versatile.

Hush Pandora Strappy Sports Bra (£39)

This is one of my favourite sports bras.

Nimble Activewear Ying Yang Crew (£80)

Check out Nimble if you're looking for stylish yet classic sweaters.

Superdry Training Seamless Power Leggings (£35)

Gotta love a cheeky racing stripe.

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